A flying Paradise tree snake in Tenom, Borneo. photo: Jack Socha/BBC
Supernature Wild Flyers Defying Gravity airs on WSKG TV June 29, 2016 at 8pm.
Explore the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne. From leapers to gliders, each creature has special techniques, but all must overcome the force of gravity.
The sky is one of the world’s most challenging places to live, but across the planet an extraordinary range of animals do something we can only dream of – take to the air. Some spend their whole lives airborne, others only visit – but they all have one thing in common; they only survive by taking to the skies. SuperNature – Wild Flyers reveals their incredible adaptations, tactics and explains brand new discoveries that show how these animals have mastered the sky – and why they all need it to survive.
At the heart of the series is extraordinary animal behavior filmed in the wild, using cutting-edge camera technology to capture the action. But to fully explain how these animals take to the skies and give the audience a privileged new perspective, stylised footage shot in controlled conditions reveals action invisible to the naked eye. Computer-generated graphics also help explain the animals’ remarkable powers of flight and how they work. Unique footage obtained with the help of some specially-trained animal stars and special effect techniques are used to give the audience a privileged view of what taking the sky is like. Get ready to experience the thrill of flying alongside these animals and seeing the world from their unique perspective.